Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise

Set sail for an overnight cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands with star gazing & night kayaking included!

map Bay of Islands, New Zealand
2 days 1 night
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
5:00 pm (Day 1) to 3:00 pm (Day 2)
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
FromNZD $268
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Next available: 29/08/2019
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What's Included

  • Knowledgeable crew
  • BBQ buffet dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch & licensed bar
  • Witness Phosphorescence 
  • Dusk fishing
  • Night kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Island exploration
  • Beach games

Why do we love this

We love that you get to witness the magic of Phosphorescence on a night kayaking trip! It's truly special. 



Day 1:

Your Bay of Island Overnight Cruise starts at 5.00 pm from Paihia Wharf. Grab a beer and enjoy a 2-3 hour cruise out to the islands. While you're cruising try your hand at targeting shooting.

Once anchored it's time for some dusk fishing! Whatever you catch will be added to your buffet dinner. A healthy snapper baked on the barbecue is a welcome addition to an already delicious meal!

Later, go night kayaking under the sparkling milky way. You'll paddle through the natural marvel that is phosphorescence (some call it "fairy dust") that makes for a seriously special trip.

Then, take a break from paddling and lie back in your kayaks for a star-gazing session - your guide will point out the major constellations, planets and galaxies.

If you're still up for some action after returning to the boat, you can jump in the sea for a night swim before settling in for a drink by the fire.

Day 2:
Sunrise at sea is spectacular, so it's up early this morning to catch it! Don't worry, you can watch it from your bed if you're not an early bird! The breakfast bell goes at 8.00 am.

Enjoy a traditional Kiwi breakfast and then haul anchor and get underway for an exploration of the islands. If you're up early enough, you might even get a chance for a quick wake-up swim with the crew.

Kayaking, snorkelling and paddleboarding are all on the agenda today, as is gathering fresh seafood as you go! (If conditions allow, you'll be collecting mussels!) Watch for fish, penguins and dolphins as you travel! There are plenty in the area and you might be lucky enough to spot some. 

You'll also stop to take an island walk and enjoy some stunning vantage points. You'll have time to enjoy the remote beaches - perfect for a game of beach cricket or volleyball.

Returning to the mainland, you'll get to try some of the mussels you caught earlier, and even some raw sea urchins if you're brave.

You'll arrive back at Paihia wharf at approximately 3.00 pm.


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We provide almost everything you need for your Bay of Islands experience. However, we do recommend that you bring along a few personal items...

  • Nibbles and snacks (we eat as the sun goes down so this can be late)
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket (NZ weather can change quickly) 
  • Camera (limited charging is available on board)
  • Bring just an overnight bag (we have limited space onboard)
  • Light footwear or sandals are fine (please NO hiking boots)
  • Cash or card  (we have EFTPOS)

If you have any special dietary requests or allergies, please advise before you embark on the cruise. 


The Rock Adventure Cruise leaves from the main wharf in central Paihia, where all Bay of Islands maritime activities are based from. Please be there ten minutes before pick up time and look out for our sign. Our crew will be there to greet you and take you to The Rock on our tender (smaller boat).

Staying in Russell? Just catch the passenger ferry over to Paihia - it runs three times per hour and takes approximately 15 minutes.


We have a fully-licensed bar on board, with a selection of New Zealand wines and beer. However, due to safety and licensing regulations please do not bring your own alcohol on board.

Terms & Conditions:

  • All departures are subject to a minimum number of 10 guests being met. Should the minimum numbers not be reached the supplier reserve the right to cancel the trip and offer guests a full refund of the cruise price or transfer to another cruise date.
  • All our adventure activities (kayaking, snorkelling, beach lands, treks, etc.) are suitable for persons of good health and they all involve risks. Whilst we do everything possible to safeguard our guests which are beyond our control. The supplier will not be held liable for your belongings and we recommend that you are covered by travel insurance. All departures, activities and itineraries are subject to weather, tides and sea conditions.
  • All departures, activities & itineraries are subject to weather, tides & sea conditions. The supplier reserves the right to cancel any departure without prior notice in the interest of passenger comfort and safety.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations more than 72 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations less than 72 hours before departure: 100% of the cost

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The Rock Adventure Cruise
66 Marsden Rd, Paihia 0200, New Zealand


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